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Forest Secrets
winner of the Acorn, Chris McCarron up.

Belmont Undercard Stakes Results

Dateline: 06/11/01

Although the Belmont was the biggest race of the day, there were six other major races on Belmont weekend. Friday kicked things off with the $200,000 Grade 1 Acorn at 1 mile, the first leg of Belmont's "Triple Tiara" for three-year-old fillies. 55-1 longshot Forest Secrets pressed the pace all the way and came back in the stretch when briefly headed by favorite Victory Ride to win in 1:34.92. Real Cozzy rallied for third with only a neck separating the top three finishers. Results Chart

Say Florida Sandy
winner of the True North, Aaron Gryder up.
First up on the Belmont undercard was the $150,000 Grade 2 True North Handicap at 6 furlongs. Say Florida Sandy and Wake at Noon rallied up to pass pacesetter Explicit in deep stretch for a final time of 1:08.77. Favorite Hook and Ladder finished last, tiring before hitting the 1/2 mile mark. Results Chart

License Fee
winner of the Just A Game Hcp., Pat Day up.
Next was the $175,000 Grade 3 Just A Game Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 mile on the turf for fillies and mares. The favorite and last year's Acorn winner, License Fee, won by a neck over Shopping for Love with Veil of Avalon another 1/2 length back in third. The final time was 1:32.62. This was the third straight victory for License Fee from five starts this year. Results Chart

Put It Back
winner of the Rive Ridge, Noel Wynter up.
Next was the $150,000 Grade 2 Riva Ridge Stakes at 7 furlongs for the three-year-olds. The heavy favorite was Flame Thrower but he just couldn't get by the determined Put It Back who lead the entire way and held gamely at the end for his 5th straight victory in a final time of 1:21.76. Third was Touch Tone who basically chased the two leaders the entire way. On a sad note, Flame Thrower came out of the race with a condylar fracture of his left foreleg. Surgery for the injury was successful but it will be at least 2 months before they can determine if he can race again or will be retired to stud duty. Results Chart

Forbidden Apple
winner of the Manhattan Hcp., Corey Nakatani up.
Next was the $400,000 Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on the turf. The heavy favorite here was King Cugat, but he just couldn't catch pacesetter Forbidden Apple with his strong late rally. Forbidden Apple lead the entire way, digging in gamely in the stretch with a final time of 2:00.77. Last year's champion turf filly, Perfect Sting, opted for this race instead of the Just A Game which proved to be a bad decision. She was bumped on the second turn and finished sixth in her debut against the boys. Results Chart

Albert the Great
winner of the Brooklyn Hcp., Jorge Chavez up.
Sunday the stakes action continued with the $250,000 Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap at 1 1/8 miles. Prohibitive favorite Albert the Great did not disappoint his backers, scoring a 3 1/4 length wire-to-wire victory with a final time of 1:47.41. "He was much the best today and was the class of the race," winning jockey Jorge Chavez said. "No one else could keep up with him. Down the backstretch, he was just galloping. Nick and I decided the rail was a little heavier today. I never hit him one. It was like a workout." Rounding out the top three were Perfect Cat and Top Official. Results Chart

Photos courtesy of Deborah Kral

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